Education

Teaching in Perth City

TESOL Practicum – 18 students sat in a circle. On my left an elderly Afghanistan refugee, on my right a young Indian woman with her toddler bouncing on her knee.

The TESOL seminar was about building relationships and being approachable. It’s so much more than just standing in front of a whiteboard.

Teaching English is not just about the present and past tense, the correct sentence structure and grammar. For me, it’s about creating a safe and fun learning environment, opening up your life and walking with others through their language development. The TESOL seminar was about building relationships and being approachable. It’s so much more than just standing in front of a whiteboard.

Throughout the weeks, as fear and uncertainty in the students was replaced with laughter and friendliness, the barriers hindering people from speaking up, practising and learning English was broken down. Lessons began to include conversations about integrity, respect, forgiveness and hope.

56 students came through my class during the seminar. Varying ages, countless nationalities and backgrounds, and many different beliefs, all drawn together by a desire to learn.